UN HR session discusses Afghan women’s condition

KABUL (TOLONews): Participants at the UN Human Rights session expressed concerns over the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, particularly the women’s condition.
The 15th regular session of the UN was held on June 13 and will last until July 8.
On day three of the session, the participants discussed the situation of women around the globe, and voiced “deep” concerns about Afghan women’s status.
Talking to the panel, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the “Taliban’s Government of men has resulted in nearly 20 million women and girls being silenced and erased from sight, as well as deteriorating situations” in Afghanistan.
According to a UN press release, Guterres said that the UN is unequivocal about the fundamental rights of women and girls. “That is why we need full gender parity,” he stressed — including through quotas to accelerate the inclusion of women across election monitoring, security sector reform, disarmament, demobilization and justice systems.
Stella Ronner-Grubacic, Ambassador for Gender and Diversity of the European Union, told the panel that the EU launch of the Afghan Women Leaders Forum in March is providing a platform for Afghan women from diverse backgrounds to contribute to the political dialogue of the European Union and the wider international community on the future of that country.
“In Afghanistan, since the Taliban’s violent takeover in August 2021, women have been systematically erased from public life; in Sudan, Myanmar and Mali, violence has threatened the lives and work of women peacebuilders,” said Olta Xhaçka, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania as cited in the press release.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that “the Taliban has constrained, and in many areas, eliminated, women’s participation in political, economic and social spaces” in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Indian ambassador to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti, called for women’s meaningful participation in the governance of Afghanistan and expressed particular concern about the discriminatory inferior status being accorded to women there, which has, inter alia, adversely impacted the education of Afghan girls.